Athletic Bilbao's midfielder Ander Herrera gestures after scoring his team's first goal

Transfer news: Manchester United target Ander Herrera confirms a deal was never in place although he is flattered at interest from David Moyes

Athletic Bilbao midfielder says it would have taken a lot to persuade him to leave the Spanish club and that the mystery 'officials' have nothing to do with him

SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari celebrates finishing second during the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 25, 2013 in Spa, Belgium. GETTY IMAGES

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso steps in to save cycling team Euskaltel Euskadi

The Basque team was on the verge of extinction

Transfer news: Athletic Bilbao coach does not expect Ander Herrera to join Manchester United

While he was left out of the Athletic Bilbao squad for today's defeat to Real Madrid, coach Ernesto Valverde does not expect Ander Herrera to make a late move to Manchester United.

Book review: The Misunderstanding, By Irène Némirovsky

Wisdom of obsessive love, found in precocious youth

The slump in country house sales began with the financial crisis in 2008

An Englishman's home is his chateau: Potential bargains for Brits as bottom falls out of French second home market

A second home in the country is a luxury the French can no longer afford - cue an invasion of British bargain hunters?

Xabier Lopez Peña: Leading member of Eta

Xabier Lopez Peña: Leading member of Eta

It says much about the life of Xabier Lopez Peña, aka Thierry, that virtually the first time he came into full-scale public view, in May 2008, was also almost the last. Over the previous three decades, Thierry was strongly suspected of becoming a key figure in the Basque terrorist group Eta, and it was only when he was arrested along with three other alleged Eta members in a French police operation that the clandestine existence he had led since the early 1980s came to a definitive conclusion.

Gloucester given a French lesson by tough-tackling Biarritz blitz

Gloucester 31 Biarritz 41

George North's dad enters the pitch to congratulate his son

Six Nations: Pitch invader during Wales' victory over France revealed to be George North's father

Father ran on to pitch in Paris to celebrate his son's try

Postcard from... Aldudes, France

Thirty years ago, with fewer than two-dozen members of their species left, they faced extinction.

Nick Lezard: Save our surnames? I don't think so

So according to the Guild of One-Name Studies, an organisation devoted to the study of family names, "traditional English surnames" such as Mackmain, Bythewood, Foothead and Pauncefoot, are dying out. This news, delivered in a book by Mrs Debbie Kennett of that Guild, has been reported in a Sunday newspaper. "They are names that have been passed down through generations of Britons," was how the article in The Sunday Telegraph glossed this. What on earth, I wonder, could they possibly be driving at?

'Basque terrorist' arrested in Liverpool after 17 years on the run

Seventeen years after he fled from Spain, a Basque terror suspect has been arrested in Liverpool, where he was  living under a false identity.

Putting on the ritz: Ben Botica of Harlequins breaks with the ball during their 40-13 victory over Biarritz at the Stoop last night

Botica adds boot to battering of Biarritz

Harlequins 40 Biarritz 13: Quins tear French side apart in second half but lose Evans to injury

Clermont's Napolioni Nalaga (R) celebrates with teammates after the win

Heineken Cup round-up: Scarlets overrun after loss of Stoddart

Scarlets made a miserable start to their Heineken Cup campaign, losing 49-16 at Clermont Auvergne after having Morgan Stoddart sent off shortly before half-time.

Spain captain Iker Casillas lifts the Euro 2012 trophy

Jimmy Burns: How football can rebuild a nation

Far from being a failed state, this is a country that can do great things

It was a disappointing night for Jonny Wilkinson and Toulon

Biarritz's Yachvili beats Wilkinson in battle of the boot

Toulon 18 Biarritz 21

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The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

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